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West Virginia

West Virginia

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West Virginia
Dan Ringer K8WV
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August 31, 2023
Dan Ringer, K8WV
West Virginia Section Manager


Mark you calendars now for the next Roanoke Division Town Hall.  It will be Thursday, September 14th, from 8:00 to 9:00 PM.  Meet your elected ARRL officials as they discuss recent events at ARRL, including the purpose behind the dues increase, plus an update on legal and regulatory matters impacting Amateur Radio. Join Division Director Jim Boehner N2ZZ and Vice Director Bill Morine N2COP along with Section Managers Dan Ringer K8WV from West Virginia, Jack Smith KE4LWT from Virginia, John Gendron NJ4Z from South Carolina and Marv Hoffman WA4NC from North Carolina. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced videoconference as you learn what issues are affecting you and other Hams in our region.  Look for a hyperlink to the event in the second week of September, and plan to join the hundreds of others who will be watching.


West Virginia will be in the spotlight again for VOTA (Volunteers on the Air) the first week in November 1-7, and NOW is the time to get ready! All you have to do is operate! Work as many stations as you can and submit your log to LOTA (Logbook of the World). If you would like to operate as W1AW/8 keep a separate log and submit an ADIF file to Mark, Everyone will be looking for WV, and particularly for W1AW/8 in WV!  I worked over 500 stations as W1AW/8 in June and couldn’t mee the demand! You don’t have to schedule in advance. You can schedule as late as the same day you’d like to operate. But you must get on the schedule to operate as W1AW/8!  MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW!


09/30/2023 - HATFest 2023 Location: Chester , WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Hancock Auxcomm Team

10/14/2023 - Parkersburg/Wood County Hamfest
Location: Mineral Wells, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Wood County Emergency Communications

Would your group or club like to host an ARRL WV Convention? Contact for more information!

If your group is planning a Hamfest, flea market or any similar activity, be sure to list it with the ARRL so that everyone interested can learn or it and participate.

** New Hams!
As of August 8, 2023
Kerrigan Lockard, KE8YTJ, Danville, WV 25053-4525
Timothy C Adkins, KE8YTK, Danville, WV 25053-4525
Ann M Gibeaut, KE8YTL, Danville, WV 25053-4525
Sherry R Browning, KE8YVD, Charleston, WV 25311-1029
Laura A Bohrer, KE8YUH, Martinsburg, WV 25405-5195
Charles A Lilly, KE8YSB, Coal City, WV 25823-0256
Phil Parvin, KE8YUX, Oak Hill, WV 25901-3303
Randy B McMillion, KE8YVE, Shady Spring, WV 25918-1434
Tammy S Welch, KE8YTB, Parkersburg, WV 26104-2534
Madalynn M Rush, KE8YTA, Parkersburg, WV 26104-2534
Izabella R Shuman, KE8YTC, Parkersburg, WV 26104-9756
Brian T Harris, KE8YSY, Davisville, WV 26142-9615
Steven D Dasher, KE8YVB, Belington, WV 26250-7675
Nathan A Cogar, KE8YWA, Newburg, WV 26410-9054

Congratulations! Welcome to the greatest hobby on Earth!!
And congratulations, too, to the VE’s who made these exam sessions possible!
CLUB PRESIDENTS: See someone above from your county? Invite them to a
club meeting! Get them on the air and involved! (Addresses can be found


Unfortunately, WV hams have been seriously restricted in our ability to engage in public service events during the past couple of years, or to do much other than operate. So, it’s more important than ever to let people know what we do to be ready to respond when help is needed!  The positions of Public Information Officers and Emergency Coordinators are designed to fill these needs. Please consider volunteering!


Each ARRL affiliated club should have a designated Public Information Officer (PIO)! Basically, the PIO is the club public relations officer, and is nominated by their club and appointed by the Section Manager. You can read the official position description at  



We have several openings for Emergency Coordinators. Ideally, we would have one in each county. It is a serious position. You can read about it here:

Basic requirements: Technician-class license or higher; full ARRL membership, and achievement of Level 3 qualifications. (Must, within the period of 1 year, from the issuance of this document or appointment as EC, whichever comes later, or such further time period as authorized by the SM, complete all of the requirements for Level 3 qualification.)

In addition to the basic requirements it is important that an EC make a good impression when dealing with governmental officials, have excellent speaking and writing skills, work well with others as both a leader and a follower, and make monthly, timely reports to the SEC. Contact for more information.

**  CLUBS!

Are you looking for a club? Contact Spence Graham, He’s the Section Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC). He’ll hook you up an ARRL Affiliated club or clubs close to you. You can also go to the West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council (WVSARC) website and check "Club Contact for new members." It lists some clubs that are not ARRL Affiliated.
If there isn’t a club near you, and you’d like to start one, we can help with that. Don’t know how to organize a club? We can help with that, too! Contact


If you’re planning your club’s program schedule, and would like to have a WV Section ARRL Official present a program, send a request with the necessary date/time information to We’ll get something set up! Want to do it by Zoom? We can schedule that for you!


No one person can coordinate all the activities involved with the
West Virginia Section. Here are the volunteers who make it happen, with
the assistance of many others.

Section Manager               
Dan Ringer. K8WV

Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC)        
Spencer Graham, WT8WV
Assistant Section Manager (ASM)       
Mark Charles Kraham, W8CMK
Michael E. Maxson, W8SI

Public Information Coordinator (PIC)                      
Patrick Clark, K8TAC
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)       
Ed Messenger, N8OYY
State Government Liaison (SGL)           
Section Traffic Manager (STM)           
Kenneth D. Caplinger, WV8KDC

Section Youth Coordinator           

Technical Specialist (TS)           
Randy Crowe, N8OZY
Rich Clemens, KB8AOB

You can contact any of the cabinet members by email to <callsign>

July 2023

WV Section NTS Traffic Reports – July  2023

Submitted by Kenneth Caplinger, WV8KDC WV STM

HF Nets Reporting    Stations    Traffic    Time Minutes    Sessions    Net Manager
WV Fone Net    535    35    399    31    WV8KDC
WV CW Net Early    130    15    194    31    KD8G
WV CW Net Late    99    12    166    31    KD8G
WV ARES/RACES    16    0    13    1    N8OYY
TOTAL    780    62    772    94   

ARES/RACES/2 Meter Nets    Stations    Traffic    Time Min.    Sessions
District 6 ARES/RACES    98    3    145    5
KARC    124    0    202    5
Pendleton Co. ARES    14    0    15    2
BDARC    48    0    98    4
Pocahontas Co. Coffee Net    212    0    777    12
Easteren Panhandle Traf Net    432    3    461    31
PHARC    18    0    81    4
WV Multi County ARES    No Report           
PCARC    No Report           
District 4 ARES    No Report           
CWVWA (Analog)    No Report           
CWVWA (C4FM)    No Report           
WV WL2K Net    94    0    5760    4
District 2 ARES    No Report           
Total    1040    6    7539    67

6 Meter Net    Stations    Traffic    Time Min.    Sessions
Pocahontas 6 meter net    55    0    208    4

DIGITAL    Stations    Traffic    Time Min.    Sessions

Station Activity Report  (SAR) – July 2023
Station    Orig    Rec    Sent    Del    Total

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) – July  2023
Station    1    2    3    4    5    6    Total


West Virginia Officials

  • Dan Ringer

    Section Manager,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Dan Ringer K8WV

  • Nathaniel Burdette

    State Government Liaison

    Nathaniel A. Burdette WV8NAB

  • Michael Maxson

    Assistant Section Manager

    Michael E. Maxson W8SI

  • Edward Messenger

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Edward J. Messenger N8OYY

  • Charles Kraham

    Assistant Section Manager

    Charles Mark Kraham W8CMK

  • William Howard

    Section Youth Coordinator

    William W. Howard WV8WH

  • Kenneth Caplinger

    Section Traffic Manager

    Kenneth D. Caplinger WV8KDC

  • Michael DeHaan

    Assistant Section Manager

    Michael L. DeHaan KD8ZMV

  • Spencer Graham

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Spencer W. Graham WT8WV


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